(AllHipHop News) 50 Cent’s return to releasing albums has been preceded by months of regular headlines. He left Interscope Records, dropped songs/videos on a weekly basis, took a few shots at fellow Hip Hop moguls Jay Z, Diddy, and Steve Stoute, threw one of the worst first pitches in MLB history, and publicly sparred then reunited with his original G-Unit crew.
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All of these actions kept 50′s name in the press, but according to first week sales predictions from Hits Daily Double, the Queens native may not have translated that into huge number of albums sold. The site is reporting 50′s 5th LP Animal Ambition will open with 30,000 – 35,000 units sold.
This would be the lowest first week numbers in 50′s career. His previous LP, 2009′s Before I Self Destruct, pushed 160,000 copies its initial week. The highest opening week numbers for the “Smoke” rapper have been 1.14 million copies with The Massacre almost ten years ago.
Animal Ambition is 50 Cent’s first studio album since parting with Interscope and becoming an independent artist. The 30-35K range is similar to the numbers fellow indie artist Tech N9ne reached the first week with his Strangeulation album earlier this year. That project opened with 36,000 copies sold.
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